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Practical support sessions

These sessions provide short-term, one-to-one support for students who identify as having a mental health difficulty, AD(H)D or on the autism spectrum. Support is based on practical tasks and goal setting.

Helping you get the most out of university

We provide support in the following areas:

  • practical communication skills and booking appointments
  • identifying and engaging with societies and events
  • campus orientation and route planning
  • time management and maintaining a routine
  • improving attendance in lectures and seminars
  • familiarisation with Blackboard, MyHallam and email management
  • problem solving and anticipating challenges
  • use of online and mobile apps and tools

We also offer transition support sessions to help you to prepare for starting at university. This includes campus tours, familiarisation with university computer systems and helping you arrange further support. Support is also available for students going on placement.

Accessing practical support sessions

You must be referred by a member of staff to get this support. To be referred, you should contact a member of Student Support Services who will talk to you about the support you can access. The following staff can refer you:

  • student support adviser
  • academic adviser
  • wellbeing practitioner
  • disability adviser
  • study needs assessor
  • international experience adviser
  • employability adviser
  • students' union adviser

After referral, you will be invited to an appointment where you complete a questionnaire to rate your confidence in different aspects of university life. We will discuss what support will be most helpful for you, and agree an action plan. You can access up to six practical support sessions.

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